Driver training - 150/13
Dated: 19 Mar 2013
Date of request: 18/02/2013
Date of response: 19/03/2013
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
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Is there a guideline on how often police officers should retake their standard response police driving test driving test?
Is there a law on how often police officers should retake their standard response police driving test driving test?
Can I have access to the database Northumbria Police use to see when officers last took their standard response police driving test or higher?
If not, what percentage of officers have passed their most recent standard response police driving test or higher?
Also, what number of officers have and have not passed their most recent standard response police driving test or higher?
What is the longest amount of time a current officer has gone without having a standard response police driving test or higher?
I would like to know the longest period of time an officer has gone without being re-tested for his standard response police driving
test (or a higher qualification like the advanced response test).
If a database Northumbria Police use to see when officers last took their standard response police driving test or higher does not exist, what are the procedures for finding out if an officer needs to be take their standard response police driving test?
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96% (Most recent data: since June 2008)
Since 2008, 760 officers have passed and 24 have failed.
The standard driving qualification is a lifetime competence. The longest period an officer has gone without a retest is 33 years.
A database is used to obtain this data.
Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another. Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data. For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.
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